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Take George Clooney Home!

HollywoodNews.com: Experience the Heartbreak and Humor When the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 13
From director Alexander Payne creator of the Oscar® winning Sideways comes one of the Best Pictures of the year, THE DESCENDANTS, featuring a stunning cast including Best Actor nominee George Clooney (Ides of March) and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role. Take home this wonderfully warm and witty film and go behind the scenes of THE DESCENDANTS with all-new exclusive content on Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack and DVD March 13 from Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Nominated for five Academy Awards® and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, THE DESCENDANTS is a must-have on Blu-ray and DVD. The release is packed with must-see deleted scenes, behind the scenes extras and exclusive featurettes to bring you even further into the story.
THE DESCENDANTS Blu-ray Features:
· Deleted Scenes with introductions by the director
· Everybody Loves George
· Working with Alexander
· The Real Descendants
· Hawaiian Style
· Casting
· Working with Water
· Music Videos
o “Will I Ever See You Again”
o Postcards from Paradise
o “Honolulu’s Whisper
· Waiting for the Light
· The World Parade – Hawaii (Silent Film)
· A Conversation with George Clooney and Alexander Payne
· [...]

Winners Announced for 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to The Artist, The Descendants and Margin Call at this afternoon’s 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards. My Week With Marilyn, Beginners, 50/50, A Separation and The Interrupters also received awards at the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Tune in to IFC tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT to catch all the action at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with actor, writer and producer Seth Rogen hosting. Highlights include: John Waters as the Voice of God, musical performances by My Morning Jacket and K’Naan.
The Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 27 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists receiving industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.
This year’s major category winners were The Weinstein Company’s The Artist, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography and My Week With Marilyn, which won Best Female Lead; Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants, which won Best Supporting Female and Best Screenplay; Focus Features’ Beginners, which won Best Supporting Male and Pariah, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Summit Entertainment’s 50/50, which won Best First Screenplay; Roadside Attractions’ Margin Call, which won Best First Feature; Sony Pictures Classics’ A Separation, which won Best International Film; and The Cinema Guild’s The Interrupters, which won Best Documentary.
The 5th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast. J. C. Chandor’s Margin Call received this award, along with casting directors Tiffany Little Canfield and Bernard Telsey and ensemble cast members Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci.
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David O. Russell, Whoopi Goldberg among Tribeca Film Fest jurors

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition are:
• Souleymane Cissé: Noted Malian director; films include the 1995 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Waati, 1987 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Brightness and Tell Me Who You Are.
• Scott Glenn: Actor; films include The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, The Virgin Suicides, Freedom Writers, The Bourne Ultimatum, W., Secretariat, Sucker Punch and TFF 2011 selection Magic Valley.
• David Gordon Green: Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include George Washington, All the Real Girls, Great World of Sound, Pineapple Express, the recently released Your Highness and the upcoming film The Sitter.
• Rula Jebreal: Journalist, author, screenwriter and actress: books include The Bride From Assuan, Rejected and Miral, which was adapted into a film of the same name.
• Art Linson: Gotham award winning producer; films include Singles, Fight Club, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild, What Just Happened and The Runaways.
• Jason Sudeikis: Actor. Best known for roles in Going the Distance, Hall Pass and 2011 TFF selection A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Also a cast member on television’s Saturday Night Live.
• Dianne Wiest: Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress; films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Synecdoche, New York and the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The jurors for the 2011 World Documentary Competition are:
• Amir Bar-Lev: Documentary filmmaker and producer; films include Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story and the upcoming Garcia.
• Michael Cera: BAFTA and SAG Award nominated actor; films include Superbad, Juno, Youth In Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Currently filming The Untitled Mark [...]

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Filmmaker Grant Winners Announced

hollywoodnews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the winners of its four filmmaker grant awards at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Sandra Oh and Terrence Howard hosted the casual event and handed out the honors.
Winners for the additional categories will be revealed at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, February 26, 2011. The ceremony will air exclusively on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, and as previously announced, actor and comedian Joel McHale will serve as host.
“This is the 18th year we have given out these grant awards, and they have now helped 47 emerging artists share their work with a larger audience, pay bills for their film, or get them started on their next project,” said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. “We are so proud to honor the 2011 Filmmaker Grant recipients, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”
Mike Ott, director of LiTTLEROCK , received the seventeenth annual Acura Someone to Watch Award, which recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura. The other finalists were Hossein Keshavarz for Dog Sweat and Laurel Nakadate for The Wolf Knife.
Anish Savjani, producer of Meek’s Cutoff received the fourteenth annual Piaget Producers Award, which honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent film. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. The other finalists were In-Ah Lee for Au Revoir Taipei and Adele Romanski for The Myth of the American Sleepover.
Jeff Malmberg, director of Marwencol, received the sixteenth annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award, which is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by AVEENO®. The other finalists were Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor for Sweetgrass and Lynn True & Nelson Walker for Summer Pasture.
Marwencol received the inaugural Jameson FIND Your Audience Award, which makes it possible for one Spirit Award-nominated film to find a broader audience. The grant was designed to meet independent filmmakers’ biggest challenge today: How to get their films out into the marketplace. [...]

‘Winter’s Bone’ leads Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations

HollywoodNews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand. Nominees for Best Feature include “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “Greenberg,” “The Kids Are All Right” and “Winter’s Bone.”
“Please Give” was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
“The artistic side of independent film is stronger than ever, and it’s especially impressive to see the developed craft of extraordinary independent filmmakers who have only gotten better over the years. Past nominees such as Darren Aronofsky, Noah Baumbach, Danny Boyle, Lisa Cholodenko, Debra Granik, Nicole Holofcener and John Cameron Mitchell continue to create original and compelling films that move and amaze us.” said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson.
“It is an honor and a privilege to work with an organization that is passionate about the advancement of independent film. This dedication and thoroughness was evident every step of the way during the nominee selection process,” said Ted Mundorff, Chair of the American Narrative Feature Nominating Committee. “The wide-ranging spectrum of talent, storylines and innovative filmmaking has once again raised the bar for independent film.”
Selected from 220 submissions, this year’s winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. on the beach in Santa Monica. The 26th annual awards show will air exclusively that night on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Winners of the Filmmaker Grants will be highlighted during the Spirit Awards and announced at the 2011 Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch celebration on Saturday, January 15th at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.
On Wednesday, February 23, a selection of Spirit Award nominees will discuss their films and their craft at Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up, a 5-week series that features conversations with directors and their collaborators.
The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee applies uniqueness of vision, original & provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost & individual compensation), and percentage of financing from independent sources as guidelines when making its selections. The Committee was composed of the following sub-committees:
The 13-person American Narrative Nominating Committee included Chair, CEO [...]

More Twilighters to Receive Young Hollywood Award

By Kim Palacios
Via a tip from the Twilightish Blog, I learned this morning that Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed have each been announced as recipients of a 2010 Young Hollywood Award. On May 13th, Greene will be named “Young Hollywood Style Icon” while Reed will enjoy the designation of “Young Hollywood Superstar in the Making”.
Though most secondary cast characters are under-emphasized in the Twilight Saga films, Greene and Reed are not the first to gain wider recognition. Anna Kendrick’s Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “Up in the Air” is the highest accolade boasted thus far by any “Twilight” star. Other notable performances include those by Elizabeth Reaser in “Gray’s Anatomy”, for which she received both Emmy and SAG Award nominations. Dakota Fanning was also nominated for a SAG award for her performance in “I am Sam”, as was Sarah Clarke for her ensemble performance in “24”.
Other awards received by Twilighters for non-”Twilight” performances fall primarily in the niche, festival, or independent realm. Robert Pattinson’s sole non-”Twilight” win was awarded by the Strasbourg International Film Festival—he was honored with a “Best Actor” designation for his performance in “How to Be”.
Nikki Reed won both acting and screenwriting (with Katherine Hardwicke) awards for her 2003 hit, “Thirteen” (most notably, an Independent Spirit Award). Speaking of Katherine Hardwicke, the “Twilight” director is a former recipient of prior year Young Hollywood Award (“Best Director” in 2009 for “Twilight”), as are Cam Gigandet (“One to Watch” in 2008, presumably for “Twilight”), and Nikki Reed once again, earlier in her career (“One to Watch” in 2003 for “Thirteen”).
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Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister – The Journey Continues

BY BOB FISHER
The collaborations between Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister, ASC read like the script for a feel good Hollywood movie where seemingly impossible dreams come true. Pfister was born in Chicago. He began his career shooting television news in Washington, D.C. Nolan was born in London, where he launched his career with Following, a black and white 16 mm film that he wrote, directed and shot. Following was featured at the Slamdance Festival in 1998. While he was at the festival, Nolan saw The Hi-Line at Sundance. The film was shot by Pfister, who was also in the dawn of his career. After he completed writing a script about a year later, Nolan tracked Pfister down and sent him a copy. They produced “Memento” on a $300,000 budget. It earned rave reviews on the festival circuit, $24 million at the box-office, and respective Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Nolan for scriptwriting and directing in 2001.
Nolan and Pfister took it to the next level with Insomnia in 2002. They continued on their journey with “Batman Begins” in 2004, “The Prestige” in 2006 and “The Dark Knight” in 2008. Their first three studio films earned rave reviews, long, profitable runs on cinema screens and Oscar nominations for Pfister. What do you do for an encore? Here’s a hint: Write “don’t miss Inception” on the July page of your 2010 calendar. Their sixth co-venture will take you on a breathtaking journey with a criminal mastermind who figures out how to steal precious secrets by invading people’s dreams. Stay tuned for the next chapter of this story: Why and how Nolan and Pfister explored a new frontier in moviemaking while producing “Inception.”

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On the gilded path to Oscar night

BY GINA PICCALO
The ever-affable Sandra Bullock, elegant in a red velvet dress and stilettos, was surrounded by a swarm of conspicuously underdressed journalists, leading an animated discussion about macaroons of all things. A few feet away under a crystal chandelier, “The Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock earnestly praised the actress while nearby one of the film’s producers Andrew Kosove gushed about having a “film in Oscar contention.”
Bullock’s Golden Globe win was still a few days away. And the “Oscar contention” still wishful thinking. But this bit of banal chatter is the sort of merriment that often paves the path to awards. Not that any publicist in her right mind would ever publicly admit that a couple hours of cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in a dimly lit Beverly Hills restaurant could lead to filmmaking’s most coveted honor. Still, there seems to be a strategy that works. Hold enough of these gilded affairs, for instance, where the actors and filmmakers work the charm on select members of the press and a few gadfly Academy voters, and it can mean the difference between an Independent Spirit award and Oscar himself. At least, that’s the theory. This year, with the best picture category expanded to ten films and a complicated new vote-counting method, theories are all we’ve got.
To hear the veteran Academy members talk, scrounging up ten Oscar-worthy films is an enormous chore. Everyone seems poised to grudgingly thrust a statuette in James Cameron’s face and move on. “Filmmakers and executives are just furious and remain furious with Academy board’s decision,” said one longtime voter. “The [Academy] board has been defending its choice to everybody they run into. I just got an email from an Academy producer who is only going to nominate two films.”
Whatever. The Hollywood publicity machine loves a challenge. And at this point, that formidable force moves into what one studio Oscar consultant termed “Phase Two.” The Globes’ awards have narrowed expectations a bit. “Avatar” is the one to beat. It has two Golden Globes for best director and picture and racked up industry guild nominations for best picture (Producers Guild of America) cinematography (American Society of Cinematographers), direction (Directors Guild of America) and best original screenplay (Writers Guild of America). The Academy ballots are due Saturday. Two weeks from today (TUESDAY, Jan. 19), the Oscar nominations will be announced.
And then it’s all just a glittering downhill slalom to [...]